Building a trail |

Building a trail

Lu Snyder

SUMMIT COVE – The students of Summit Cove Elementary School have left their mark – one which likely will last long past the time they’ve graduated high school.

On Wednesday, Summit Cove students, teachers and various government officials celebrated the completion of the Summit Cove Wetlands Trail with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday. The interpretive trail was the product of a cooperative effort between the school and Summit County Open Space and Trails Department, said Holly English, open space and trails resource specialist.

The wetlands trail is one of the most wonderful gifts Summit County has received, English told the students gathered before her.

Though one of the reasons the trail was built was to get children to school safely, said principal Bonnie Brown, the trail will educate children and adults alike about wetlands.

Students and their parents helped build the trails, installed a pedestrian bridge and created interpretive signs for visitors. In doing so, the students learned about the wetlands in their backyard.

Now that the trail is complete, the students are the formal adopters of the Soda Creek Greenbelt, along with former Summit Cove student Justin Henceroth, English said.

Henceroth, now a Summit High freshman, said he became interested in the wetlands project while his sister was a student at Summit Cove. He will help organize cleanup days and general maintenance for the area.

The approximately three-quarter-mile trail is lined with educational signs, which teach visitors about the various aspects of wetlands, including preservation and conservation, birds and seasons. There also is an interpretive sign explaining the history of Summit Cove, which originally was owned by the Rice family, Brown said.

The Mastin Group assisted the school with the signs, using the students’ artwork to illustrate the various topics.

The project was funded by grants from both the Summit Foundation and the Colorado Department of Education, along with donations from the PTSA and a private donor, Brown said.

Lu Snyder can be reached at 970-668-3998 x203 or

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